United Football League Roundup – June 3, 2013

Here are the current standings in the United Football League (UFL) as of Monday, June 3, 2013:
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Also below is my “Crystal Ball”, which shows the calculated minimum and maximum points the teams can score based on their remaining games. These also predict statistically the possible places the teams can make.
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‘League Leaders’
After the Loyola Meralco Spark’s Draw with Green Archers United this week, the statistically bow out of the title race as it mean they could not catch up with Stallions even if they win all of their remaining games, and Stallions lose there.

About the only good news for Loyola is that they are at least assured of 3rd place as none of the other teams below the top 3 can catch up with them anymore. They also still have a chance for a Draw with Global for 2nd place.

Global’s win over Stallions this week meant that they effectively pulled out Stallions’ leg out of the door for the league title, and at put in their own leg into that door. With that defeat, Stallions can only score a maximum of 48 points in their remaining games, while Global can win a maximum of 49 points in their remaining games.
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United Football League Roundup – May 27, 2013

Here are the current standings in the United Football League (UFL) as of Monday, May 27, 2013:
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‘League Leaders’
With their unexpected Draw with Nomads FC and Stallion’s win over Pachanga last week, the third-place Loyola Meralco Spark’s title chances are still hanging by a thread as, statistically, if they win all their remaining games and Stallions and Global lost theirs, they can still tie with Stallions and hope to win by Goal Difference.

Stallions FC has now one foot inside the door as far as the title race is concerned as the maximum points that Global FC can win in their remaining 4 games is only 49 points, while Stallions can possibly score more with their remaining games at 51 possible points. The Stallions-Global game on Tuesday is important as it will be Global’s last chance to upend Stallions this season. If they lose, then Stallions will extend their lead over Global even more.

‘Middle of the Pack’
Kaya overtakes Pachanga Dilliman in 4th place after winning their last 2 games, but that lead is precarious as they are only a win ahead of Pachanga. Pachanga, on the other hand, has lost their last 2 games.

Another team moving up is the Green Archers United FC, who is having a strong finish by winning their last 2 games. They have overtaken PSG FC, who faltered after losing to the Archers 3-0. Another marginal lead by the Archers who are only a win away from Pachanga.
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United Football League Roundup – May 20, 2013

Here are the current standings in the United Football League (UFL) as of Monday, May 20, 2013:
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‘League Leaders’
Major shakeup among the top 3 teams vying for the crown as Loyola Meralco Sparks FC (LMSFC) is the first to falter when it lost to Kaya FC. Kaya is already out of the race for the league title and is now just playing the spoiler for the top 3 teams.

With that loss, Stallions FC get a comfortable 7-point or at least 3-win lead over LMSFC. Global is 5-points or 2-wins behind Stallions but has the advantage of having slightly more games to play than Stallions or LMSFC due to their participation in the AFC President’s Cup which caused them to have a short layoff from the United Football League (UFL) games.

Only 4 games left for LMSFC and Stallions, and only 5 games left for Global FC until the end of the season, hence these last 4-5 games are very important for these top 3 teams.

Goal Difference remains tight for these 3 teams, with only 4 goals separating the best from the worst of these 3. If this keeps up, then aside from wins, Global and LMSFC still has a shot of winning the title thru this if all top 3 teams end up in a tie in terms of points.
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Global FC vs. Dordoi Bishek FC, May 12, 2013

May 12, 2013, Sunday at the CCSC Stadium in Cebu, Philippines for the Global FC’s 3rd and final game in the 2013 AFC President’s Cup qualifying tournament. Dordoi Bishek routs Global, 6-1

Active Azkals Players:
(Goalkeeper) – Moussa Sanogo
(Defenders) – Jason De Jong, Juani Guirado, Carli De Murga, Jerry Barbaso
(Midfielders) – Marwin Angeles, Jeffrey Christiaens, Patrick Reichelt, Ben Starosta
(Forwards) – Joshua Beloya, Misagh Bahadoran
(Substitutes) – Nino Ochotorena, Ed Sacapano, Aaron Altiche

‘Game Summary’
The game was not telecast live by Studio 23, the channel who could afford to cover live minor collegiate Basketball tournaments like the 2013 Fil-Oil Pre-Season Tournament, but not major INTERNATIONAL Football tournaments like the AFC President’s Cup. Hence, fans like me have had to rely on tweetcasts from various sources like Global FC, Filipino Football and Soccer Central to follow the game.

Anyway, the game started well for Global when Carli De Murga scored the opening goal in the 9th minute, but Dordoi equalizes a mere 5 minutes later off a reported defensive error by Global. Dordoi pulls ahead with their 2nd goal in the 25th minute off a Penalty Kick. More bad news for Global, though, when Patrick Reichelt went down with an injury and had to be substituted off the Pitch by Nino Ochotorena. The score remained at 2-1 at the end of the first half.

Dordoi extended their lead when they scored their 3rd goal in the 55th minute off a Free Kick, after which Reid has had enough and pulled out Starting Goalkeeper Moussa Sanogo in favor of Ed Sacapano. Ed turned out to be no better when he conceded his first goal just 4 minutes later, and went on to concede two more goals in the 77th minute and in injury time for the final score of 6-1 in favor of Dordoi Bishek.
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United Football League Roundup – May 7, 2013

Here are the current standings in the United Football League (UFL) as of Tuesday, May 7, 2013:

UFL Standings as of May 7, 2013
UFL Standings as of May 7, 2013

‘Main Division’
The top 3 teams last week also picked up wins last week, hence the standings this week still remains the same with Stallions FC, Global FC and the Loyola Meralco Sparks FC at the top of the league. The big difference between these 3 teams now, though, is that the Goal Difference (GD) between them has shrunk down considerably.

Last week, Loyola had a 4 goal lead over its nearest rival Global in terms of GD, but this week that has been reduced to only 1 goal, and with Stallions only 3 goals behind Loyola. This means the race for the league title is tightening. Whichever team trips in their remaining 6 games could bow out of title contention.

Meanwhile, Pachanga has overtaken Kaya in 4th place. Both teams are likely out of contention already, with them at least 10 points behind the top 3 teams.
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The UFL: Crowning Day Tuesday

The champion of the United Football League (UFL) 2011-2012 League season will be crowned on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, and the race is down to two teams: Global FC and Kaya FC. First, let’s take a look at the total points for each team heading into the Tuesday matches:
– Global FC = 41 points
– Kaya FC = 39 points

Each of these teams only have one game left in the league season, and both will see action on Tuesday. Here are their schedules:
– 6:00 pm: Penson Stallion Gilligan’s vs. Kaya FC at the Rizal Memorial Stadium
– 8:00 pm: Loyola Meralco Sparks vs. Global FC also at the Rizal Memorial Stadium

I am outlining below the scenarios that could happen for each team.

‘Kaya FC’
Kaya FC Win: This gives them 42 points maximum. They will then hope that Global FC loses to the Loyola Meralco Sparks FC. If Global FC wins, then they will get the title. But even if Global just draws their game against Loyola, they will still win the league title because that will give them 42 points also, the same as Kaya, so the champion will be determined via the Goal Difference. But Global has a huge, insurmountable 20 goal difference advantage over Kaya as of right now, so that means they will still win the title over Kaya.

Kaya FC Draw: This gives them only 40 points maximum. This means Kaya FC will officially lose the league title. Even if Global loses to Loyola, Global will still have 41 points, higher than Kaya and thus giving them the championship.
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UFL Game Day, January 28, 2011

I had to chaperone my Aunts on their visit here in Manila, and while waiting for them to finish their shopping/sightseeing, I decided to drop by the Rizal Memorial Stadium to watch the UFL Games. I couldn’t watch them on TV, so might as well watch the games live.

Attendance was pretty fair, I think there were about a thousand people in the stands. Attendance improved in the second game by a couple more hundred people. Good thing I was able to sit in the lower grandstand, the ones colored Blue, and had backrests. I wished all the seats at the RMS was like this, they should replace all those backless yellow seats with ones like these.

I was only able to catch the second half of the game between Philippine Air Force Phonix FC and Philippine Navy Fritz and Macoil FC, and the first half of the Loyola Meralco Sparks FC and Stallions Gilligans FC. Not all of the action, but enough to have a solid observation of the games and the teams.
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